Grow­ing your own pota­toes not a dif­fi­cult project

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies GREEN THUMBS WILL WATER­FORD

POTA­TOES are one of the world’s most grown and most pop­u­lar veg­etable, and there are two rea­sons for this; one is that they are easy to grow and two, is that they are yummy to eat.

You can buy seed pota­toes from the gar­den cen­tre at this time of the year, as they like it a bit cooler and not so wet as our sum­mer months can be.

Seed pota­toes are pota­toes that have been cer­ti­fied disease free so they are safe to grow in your veg­etable gar­den.

Check your pota­toes and see which ones have lit­tle shoots com­ing out of them, th­ese are the ones that you plant first and then you can plant some more ev­ery few weeks, this way you will have pota­toes ready to eat for many months.

Find a sunny spot that has high in com­posted ma­te­rial, or the mix that I love is one bag of Sear­les com­post, one bag of cow ma­nure and a cou­ple of hand­fuls of gar­den mate.

Dig this in with your ex­ist­ing soil and you’re ready to plant. Do not put in any dolomite or lime.

Plant your pota­toes about 200mm deep and 300mm apart. The plant will emerge from the ground in about a week or so and you will be able to dig them up in a few months.

To take up less space, you can grow them in a potato sack, ask at the gar­den shop to show you how.

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POP­U­LAR POTA­TOES: The easy-to-grow veg­etable is pop­u­lar.

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